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5 Things Nobody Saw Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Yasvinski at the National Post:

It was just over a month ago the TV talking heads, the newspaper scribes and the radio hosts started offering predictions for the 2008-09 NHL season. Would Alexander Ovechkin win the scoring a title? Would the Leafs be so bad, that even Leafs Nation would begin to turn away? There are other questions out there, and a lot of surprises — so far — in this season. And here are five things nobody saw coming.

1. Martin Brodeur meets Kryptonite.

read on for the full list

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Iginla’s Strange Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jean Lefebvre at the Herald Hockey blog,

And it hasn’t been a poor start for Iginla so much as a strange one. In 14 games, for instance, he’s had six multiple-point efforts (two of which led to a NHL first star of the week award) and six contests in which he’s been completely held off the sheet.

There’s also been the matter of linemates. Just when you think Mike Keenan has given up on teaming Iginla with Todd Bertuzzi, the coach gives the wingers another whirl as a partnership. Just when it seems Conroy is destined for permanent bottom-six duty, he gets another chance to play with Iginla (and, as was the case Thursday against Nashville, delivers a three-point performance to go with Iginla’s four-pointer).

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Update 1:51pm ET: In other Calgary news, after 14 straight starts Kiprusoff is finally getting a night off.

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Saturday Hockey Talk—Hall of Fame Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From 2-4pm ET

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with a HOF guest lineup: 2008 inductee and six-time Stanley Cup Champion Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe (Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations, six-time Cup winner), 2008 Foster Hewitt Award winner Mike “Doc” Emrick, 2008 Elmer Ferguson Award winner Neil Stevens, Dean Chynoweth (the son of 2008 “Builder” inductee Ed Chynoweth), Rob Simpson, (author of Between the Lines…”), and Patrick King (Rogers Sportsnet).

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and can be heard online at Money Matters Radio.  Chime in by calling 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

From 4-6pm ET

imageLive From Wayne Gretzky’s today features hosts Gord Stellick and Murray Wilson who will have Mark Messier in the studio, as well as spending some time talking to both Phil Esposito and Igor Larionov.

You can call into the show at 1-866-GRETZKY (473-8959) and can listen online at XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, Team 990, Team 1040, Team 1260, Fan 960 or 1290 CJBK.

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Russian 101

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George James Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,

The Russian alphabet is a phonetic one (i.e. the alphabet’s letters describe single sounds, unlike the English alphabet, for example, where letters can make different sounds), so their transliterations of English words follow phonetic patterns, like “tafgai” (“tough guy”), “enachelovsky” (“NHL’er,” with a Russian possessive), and, when certain phonetic sounds are absent from the alphabet, things get really interesting.

For example, “Detroyt Red Uingz” once had a goaltender named “Dominik Ghashek,” they play at “Dzhoh Lewis Areena,” and former assistant coach “Beri Smit” coaches SKA St. Petersburg, for example.

George also discovers Mike Krushelnyski accepts a head coaching position in the KHL.

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NHL Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cam Hutchinson of the StarPhoenix,

• Carol Alt is reportedly romancing her way through the NHL, position by position. Once married to defenceman Ron Greschner, and currently (?) in a relationship with forward Alexei Yashin, New York Post sources spotted Alt snuggling with Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The 47-year-old model apparently showed off the 26-year-old goalie at her agency this week during bring your NHL player to work day . . . Is Lundqvist Swedish for YoungQuest?

• Jeff Funnekotter says the appearance of members of the L.A. Kings on The Price is Right this week has started a trend: “Similarly inspired, Chris Chelios will appear on Beat the Clock and Sean Avery will star on the Biggest Loser.’‘

more hockey bits along with other sports notes…

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After One Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The NHL season is only a month old, but it’s never too early to look at the good, the bad and the ugly.

The bad? Gary Roberts doesn’t have a point in a dozen games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He still has a big heart but perhaps his legs have given out at age 42.


1. The Sabres gulped hard when they matched that $50-million offer sheet for Thomas Vanek in the summer of 2007, but he’s already got 11 goals.

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Battle Of Team Canada Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Of course, it could still be Martin Brodeur in net for Canada when the 2010 Winter Olympics open in Vancouver in 15 months.

But there were enough folks wondering about what age either has done to Brodeur’s game or will have done by Vancouver that he certainly wasn’t a lock to be the No.1 goalie for Team Canada when this season started….

Roberto Luongo, of course, is considered the heir apparent to Brodeur. But the Canucks missed the playoffs last spring and are facing a long, tough battle to make it this year, so there’s no certainty that Luongo will have the opportunity come April to make his case for ‘10 by taking his team on a long playoff run.

Then there’s Carey Price, still just 21 years old. The Canadiens started Jaroslav Halak in a 4-3 shootout loss in Columbus last night just to save Price for centre stage tonight at the Air Canada Centre on national television against the surprisingly potent Leafs.


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The NHL Have-Nots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

If you were looking for reasons why the Phoenix Coyotes lose in excess of $20 million U.S. annually, they were sitting there on press row – all the way down press row. The Coyotes had 28 credential holders, none of them independent media outlets – at GM Place for a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday….

All of it seemed funny, if not for the fact that the Coyotes are NHL have-nots, siphoning money from Canada’s six profitable franchises. In that sense, Canadian ticket-buyers were funding this excursion.


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I NOW Consider Sergei Fedorov A Hall Of Famer

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I like to try to pick the point in a player’s career where they establish themselves as a Hall of Famer.  They have to have Hall of Fame credentials that will remain untarnished regardless of what happens or does not happen for the remainder of their career.  Here are the standards I use to decide if a player is Hall of Fame worthy.  Today I am ready to declare that Sergei Fedorov has reached that level.

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Madden Idolized Gilmour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Like local kids who idolized Mickey Mantle or Derek Jeter, John Madden had his hero as a youngster in Ontario - Doug Gilmour of the Maple Leafs.

When Madden arrived from college for his first Devils training camp in 1997, there was Gilmour, acquired by New Jersey from the Leafs during the previous season. In that moment, Madden was an awestruck hockey fan.

“He was pouring himself a coffee and I was just waiting. He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want a cup? Here, take this one,’ ” Madden recalled. “You wouldn’t believe how many phone calls I made back home to tell my friends and my family.”

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